NWI-BB019B
Immunology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB019B
Credits (ECTS)6
Category02 (Introductory with prior knowledge)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
prof. dr. L.B. Hilbrands
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Lecturer
dr. A. van der Meer
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Lecturer
prof. dr. J. van der Vlag
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Examiner
prof. dr. J. van der Vlag
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Coordinator
prof. dr. J. van der Vlag
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Academic year2023
Period
KW3  (29/01/2024 to 07/04/2024)
Starting block
KW3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksMaximum capacity: 135. 2nd year Ba Biology students in the Human Biology trajectory have priority
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureIn order of Study programme
ExplanationIn order of Study programme
Aims
Learning objectives (reached at the end of the course):
  • Using the basal immunological principles, you can precisely identify, and eventually design, molecular and cellular targets of immunotherapeutics that can be applied to restore the balance of the immune system in the case of allergy, autoimmunity, graft rejection, infection and cancer.
  • Using the basal immunological principles, you can describe and reason, in molecular and cellular detail, how the balance of the immune system is disturbed in the case of allergy, autoimmunity, graft rejection, infection and cancer. 
  • You can describe in molecular and cellular detail the roles of humoral and cellular immunity in the effector phase of an immune response.
  • After encounter by the immune system of an antigen, you can describe in molecular and cellular detail how an initial immune response is regulated, and you can reason how an initial immune response may lead to either immunity or tolerance.
  • You know all the differences between the innate and adaptive immune system, and you can describe in molecular and cellular detail the interaction between the innate and adaptive immune system, during an immune response.
  • You can fully describe the tissues, cells and humoral components of the healthy immune system in the human body.
Content
The immune system consists of innate and adaptive defense mechanisms against (pathogenic) microorganisms. Both humoral and cellular factors contribute to an immune response. Insight in the immune system is important to understand its disturbed balance in immune-related disorders, such as autoimmunity, graft rejection, infection and tumor formation. Insight in the immune system is also important to understand how therapeutic manipulation of the system in the aforementioned immune-related disorders may restore its disturbed balance.
The teachers in the course are basic scientists and clinicians from several pre-clinical and clinical departments of the Radboudumc. The course language will be English. The themes will be globally introduced by an introduction lecture (HC). Using the text book, the course manual, and self study assignments, the knowledge of themes will be further advanced during a responsive lecture (RC). Some themes will include a wet practical assignment or a PC-assisted practical assignment (COO), mostly in groups of 2-4 students. Grading is based on assignment reports (20%) and a final multiple choice test (80%). After finishing the course, the student has obtained a solid basis in immunology, which is required for an immunology-related internship at a later phase in the study path of the student.


Themes:

1             Introduction immune system
2             Innate immunity
3             MHC complex structure and function, and antigen processing
4             B cell development, B cell receptor and antibodies
5             T cell development and T cell receptor
6             Cellular immunity
7             Humoral immunity        
8             Infection & immunodeficiency’s
9             Tumor immunology
10           Tolerance and autoimmunity
11           Transplantation immunology
12           Manipulation of the immune reaction

Instructional modes
  • Lecture
  • Response course
  • Self-study
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Basic cell - Moleculaire Biology as taught in: NWI-BP010C Moleculuar Biology and Recombinant DNA
Test information
  • exam, counts for 80%, minimum grade 5.5
  • practical assignment, counts for 20%, minimum grade 5.5
  • Specifics
    • The number of participants is maximized, everyone starts on the waiting list, and the education center will enrol the students to the actual course based on Learning Trajectory (2nd years) and on time of enrolment for the other students. This cannot be done before the enrolment deadline for the course has ended, so please make sure to enrol for a back-up course in time!
    • No use in contacting the course coordinator to be enroled: he cannot help you with this.
    • The graded assignments (2 wet practical assignments and 2 computer assignments (COO) are obligatory. Please note that due to the preparations of the practical part, you need to register for this course at least 4 week before the start.
    • IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE TO DO A RESIT FOR THE EXAM PART ONLY: Do NOT register for the course if you only have to do the resit for the exam part. By doing this places will be blocked for new students on the waiting list to enter the course. Just register for exam AND assignments in OSIRIS. The grade for the assignments obtained in previous editions, will be manually entered again by the coordinator.
    Required materials
    Book
    A.K. Abbas, A.H. Lichtman, and S. Pillai, Cellular and Molecular Immunology (10th Edition), Elsevier 2021, 600 pp
    ISBN:9780323757492
    White coat
    Reader
    Immunology
    Costs:0.00

    Instructional modes
    E-learning

    Lab course
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Lecture

    Practical computer training
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Response course

    Tests
    Digi-Cirrus
    Test weight4
    Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
    OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

    Assignments
    Test weight1
    Test typeAssignment
    OpportunitiesBlock KW3